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The All-New Super Friends Hour is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from September 10, 1977 to September 2, 1978 on ABC. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera and is based on the Justice League and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics.

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Summary

The popularity of TV's Wonder Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man spurred network interest in reviving the Super Friends program. When it was again unveiled in 1977, more young children and teenagers than before tuned in, making The All-New Superfriends Hour a huge ratings success. The success prompted the ABC television network to plan a new and even more innovative series for the fall of 1978.

Characters

In this particular incarnation of the Super Friends, the DC Comic book legends Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman and Aquaman return to fight for justice. However, this time, they get help from the shape-shifting super-teens the Zan and Jayna (a.k.a. The Wonder Twins), along with their space-monkey Gleek.

Format

The All-New Superfriends Hour featured four animated shorts per program which followed a basic format each week.

The first segment of every show featured two of the heroes (For the purposes of the team-ups in the first and fourth segments, Batman and Robin were considered 'one hero'.) teaming up in a separate mini story.

The second segment featured a story with the Wonder Twins.

The third segment was considered the "primary" adventure of the week which featured the entire Super Friends roster (including the Wonder Twins) in a longer adventure.

The fourth and final segment featured a story with one of the primary lineup along with a "special guest star." The fourth segment typically featured a problem which was solved using the guest star's unique abilities.

In addition, between segments there were additional short spots with members of the Super Friends giving basic safety lessons, basic first aid advice, magic tricks, and a two part riddle featuring the week's primary plot line.

Syndication/cable

The 15 hour-long shows were later cut into half-hour installments for local syndication in the early 1980s; episodes from the 1977 series were included in The Superman Batman Adventures, which aired on the USA Network in 1996 and later on the Boomerang Network, which would air the original hour-long shows from 1977 in their full-blown entirety (save for the next-week previews) in July 2004, and again in June 2008.

The All-New Super Friends Hour lineup

Lineup

Guests

List of episodes

  • The Brain Machine
  • Joy Ride
  • Invasion of the Earthors
  • Whirlpool
  • The Secret Four
  • Tiger on the Loose
  • Voyage of the Mysterious Time Creatures
  • The Antidote
  • Invasion of the Hydronoids
  • Hitchhike
  • City in a Bottle
  • Space Emergency
  • Doctor Fright
  • Drag Race
  • The Day of the Plant Creatures
  • Fire
  • The Monster of Dr. Droid
  • Vandals
  • Super Friends vs. Super Friends
  • Energy Mass
  • The Enforcer
  • Shark
  • Planet of the Neanderthals
  • Flood of Diamonds
  • Forbidden Power
  • Pressure Point
  • The Lionmen
  • Day of the Rats
  • The Invisible Menace
  • Initiation
  • The Coming of the Arthropods
  • River of Doom
  • Attack of the Giant Squid
  • A Game of Chicken
  • The Water Beast
  • Volcano
  • The Collector
  • Handicap
  • The Mind Maidens
  • Alaska Peril
  • The Fifty Foot Woman
  • Cheating
  • Exploration: Earth
  • Attack of the Killer Bees
  • Man-Beast of Xra
  • Prejudice
  • The Tiny World of Terror
  • Tibetan Raiders
  • Frozen Peril
  • Dangerous Prank
  • The Mummy of Nazca
  • Cable Car Rescue
  • The Marsh Monster
  • Runaways
  • Will the World Collide?
  • Time Rescue
  • The Protector
  • Stowaways
  • The Ghost
  • Rampage

DVD release

Warner Home Video released The All-New Super Friends Hour - Season 1, Volume 1 on DVD on January 8, 2008 containing 7 episodes (28 cartoons). However the episodes are not in the correct order, the order they originally aired on ABC.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Season 1, Volume 1 7 (28 cartoons) January 8, 2008
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